Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian Lawmakers To Visit The Capitol

039;Kremlin Aggression Act' is not a topic for talks with America says snr Russian senator

"We agreed and we invited members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russian Federation to come to the U.S. to meet with us in the USA, in Washington".

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world". "[Monday], I met with Chairman Kosachev, and we agreed on the importance of continued dialogue".

"I think it would be a very big mistake not to have open lines of communication", Paul said.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul asks a question during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC on July 25, 2018.

Spokesmen for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not immediately return a request for comment on the announcement.

Trump's Helsinki meeting was panned by a number of prominent Republican officials who said the president appeared to side with Putin over top USA intelligence officials.

US President Donald Trump has come under fire for failing to challenge Vladimir Putin over election meddling at their summit in Helsinki last month. He was accompanied by Peter Goettler, Cato's president and chief executive, and Don Huffines, a Texas state senator who was chairman of Mr. Paul's presidential campaign in the state.

"My goal in coming to Russian Federation is to say that we want to have open lines of communication", Paul said at a press conference after the meeting.

At the beginning of July, a group of USA senators met with Russian officials ahead of the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. Additionally, the continued consensus of the United States intelligence community of a Russian desire to interfere in the midterms shows that Moscow remains a long-term risk to the USA political system.

Trump has invited Putin to well.

"And those who believe in either country that we should not have diplomacy are greatly mistaken".

Mr. Paul's press released noted that nuclear proliferation and terrorism will be among the issues the worldwide leaders discuss.

"We had general discussions about a lot of issues and basically we've decided that, right now, what we're trying to do is have dialogue", he said.

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